Current Members

Faculty

Joel  Collier

Joel Collier

Theodore Kennedy Professor of Biomedical Engineering

joel.collier@duke.edu

Research Interests: The design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses.

Research Scientists

Yaoying  Wu

Yaoying Wu

yw195@duke.edu

Research Interests: Studying the immunological mechanism of supramolecular platforms Designing self-assembling vaccine platforms for enhanced cancer immunotherapy Developing protein delivery systems to amplify immune cell functions

PhD Students

Pablo  Cordero Alvarado

Pablo Cordero Alvarado

BME Doctoral Student

p.cordero@duke.edu

Research Interests: Understand the design rules of biomaterials and ways for controlling immune responses raised by peptide assemblies derived sublingually

Benjamin   Cossette

Benjamin Cossette

BME Doctoral Candidate

benjamin.cossette@duke.edu

Research Interests: Engineering self-assembling peptide vaccines for the treatment of allergy and autoimmune diseases

Elizabeth  Curvino

Elizabeth Curvino

BME Doctoral Candidate

Elizabeth.Curvino@duke.edu

Research Interests: Designing nanofiber immunotherapies for inflammatory bowel disease Developing supramolecular platforms for oral delivery

Helena  Freire Haddad

Helena Freire Haddad

BME Doctoral Student

helena.freire.haddad@duke.edu

Research Interests: Engineering mucus-penetrating materials for mucosal vaccine delivery Active immunotherapies to mitigate inflammatory diseases

Rachel  Katz

Rachel Katz

BME Doctoral Candidate

rachel.katz@duke.edu

Research Interests:

Deleah  Pettie

Deleah Pettie

BME Doctoral Student

deleah.pettie@duke.edu

Research Interests:

Emily  Roe

Emily Roe

BME Doctoral Candidate

emily.roe@duke.edu

Research Interests: Sublingual delivery of peptide nanofibers to prevent sexually transmitted infections Conjugation of proteins to self-assembling peptide nanofibers

Shamitha  Shetty

Shamitha Shetty

BME Doctoral Student

shamitha.shetty@duke.edu

Research Interests: Engineering active immunotherapies for anti-inflammatory applications. Leveraging material platforms to enhance wound healing.

Undergraduates

Gavin  Foley

Gavin Foley

BME Undergraduate Student

gavin.foley@duke.edu

Research Interests: Characterizing polypeptides and understanding how they interact with the immune system.

Christopher  Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

BME Undergraduate Student

christopher.lloyd@duke.edu

Research Interests: Designing hydrogel and self-assembling nanofiber scaffolds to modulate adaptive immune responses to wounds